A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Two crowns are secured to the teeth either side of the gap, and an attached crown replaces your missing tooth, effectively ‘bridging’ the gap.
Bridges are fixed in the month, unlike partial dentures which can be removed.
Bridges can reduce the risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve speech. Bridges do require a commitment to serious oral hygiene.
If spaces from missing teeth are left unfilled, they may cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position and therefore throw your bite out of balance, as well as create unsightly gaps between your teeth. Additionally, spaces from missing teeth can cause other teeth and the gums to become for more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Types of Bridges
Traditional fixed bridge – to replace one or more missing teeth, using the support of 2 adjacent teeth.
Resin bonded bridges – used primarily on the front teeth, the bridge is bonded to the backs of the adjacent teeth with resin which is hidden from view.
Cantilever bridges – used when there is only one tooth available on one side of the open space.
During your initial consultation you may require or request a full mouth reconstruction. If this is the case then a combination of the above treatments may be required.